"Originally published as Lettres à sa femme et à ses amis by Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, Paris, in 1946."
"As both art and history and enduring legend have shown, Gauguin's life in the South Seas was anything but ecstatic or peaceful, even as he created some of the most revolutionary and iconic objects of his time. This book, to date the most comprehensive volume of the painter's letters to be published in English, offers an uncensored glimpse into Gauguin's life, from his days as a young newlywed reporting on the birth of his first child, through his early developments as an artist, and finally throughout the extraordinary adventure of his years in Tahiti and the Marquesas. Gauguin's writings, from Noa Noa to his Intimate Journals, show him to be a talented, uninhibited literary stylist, as far ahead of his time in words as he was on canvas. Nowhere is this more evident than in these letters to many of his closest associates and, above all, to his wife Mette, for whom he detailed his plans, described artworks in progress, and gave running accounts of his life and states of mind on distant shores. Now back in print after many years, Letters to His Wife and Friends remains one of the most revealing epistolary autobiographies ever assembled."--BOOK JACKET